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Staff Sgt. Giunta's high school proud of honor


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)-- Just about everyone at Kennedy High is very proud of their hometown hero, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta.  Students and staff agree that Giunta's recognitions set a high standard for what the next generation can accomplish.

Pat Grady teaches history at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids.  And he considers himself privileged to have had Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta in class.

"His life's going to change forever.  And it's just very cool to have had a tiny little part of watching him grow up and his development.  It's great," Grady said.

So there was no question that Grady's current students couldn't miss out on watching a Kennedy High alum receive the country's highest military honor.

"Couldn't miss this!  It's Sal!" Grady said.

Student were enamored listening to the story of why Giunta was selected for the medal of honor.

"I believe that it's very courageous and an infinite amount of bravery to receive this amount of honor. And for it to be in the highest honor given to somebody, I feel like it's a big honor for a small state for him being from Iowa," said Kennedy student Herschel Dixon Jr.

And the students are honored to have a connection to a soldier known for such bravery and his incredible humility in accepting the award.

"It's kind of inspiring for a lot of the students to think someone who's had the same experiences you've had, and the same classes and all, can aspire to do something so heroic.  And I think it makes us all really proud," said Kennedy student Jacqueline Smith.

Giunta will be honored here and across the state again in one week.  That's because November 23 has been declared "Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta Day" in Iowa.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek


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